Microsoft has had the checkbook out again, securing a timed Xbox 360 exclusive on the new downloadable content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The deal in itself isn’t news – it was announced last June that Microsoft and Activision had come to an arrangement regarding the game’s DLC – but until this morning no details had been revealed.
The big news is that Xbox 360 owners will be able to download and play the first two map packs for Modern Warfare 2 first, by 30 days.
We know these will be arriving in spring, but we’ve still no exact release date: all we know is that PS3 and PC owners will wait a month longer for access to the new maps. Naturally, a Microsoft spokesperson couldn’t resist a good ol’ brag to Eurogamer:
“We have a 30-day timed exclusive on the Modern Warfare content packs. So it will be available on other platforms, but you get to try and play on Xbox 360 first.”
Yeah, yeah. Microsoft has form in this kind of area, of course – last year, the firm paid a cool $50 million to secure complete exclusivity on Grand Theft Auto IV downloadable content. Considering Modern Warfare 2 has sold even more quickly than the Rockstar crime opus, this is quite the coup for Microsoft.